Why do Developers have Dual Opinion on WordPress?
WordPress is one of the known software for Content Management systems and is widely used all across the world. Also, it has been featured in the Stack Overflow’s developer survey for two years continuously. WordPress offers so many features and functionalities that help to develop a really dynamic website. Due to the growing popularity of the usage of WordPress, companies started to hire WordPress Developers exclusively for working on the company’s project using the WordPress platform. Today around 34% of the website on the internet is made on the WordPress platform, this itself defines the popularity of this platform.
WordPress Development Company has been continuously receiving new projects including the development of a website or developing the mobile application or any web software. And as it is used so widely and also has a huge community to support each other who are using WordPress.
On the contrary, when you go and check on Quora regarding the topics related to WordPress, you can find mixed responses of the developers and the users. Now anyone would wonder why the platform, which is so beneficial and convenient to use, how can the people even hate it. This is quite surprising but let us understand the reason behind this situation. First let’s see what are the features which are really loved by the developers, and which has made this platform so popular.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT WORDPRESS?
The time when WordPress was launched, which was in 2003, it brought a revolution for the bloggers and the SMEs business to develop their website and that too without the need to have the coding skills. The available themes and plugins of WordPress enabled the best of the interactive website; everything became so easy that many people started using WordPress. Below listed are some of the advantages of using the WordPress which was actually loved by the users and developers to the core,
A) User-Friendly CMS
It appeared as such a CMS which allows the admin sites to edit the pages, to upload any kind of new content, and to navigate through the back-end of the website. And one does not need to have coding knowledge for the same, it can be easily done through drag and drop the provision.
B)Large number of Plugins available
WordPress offers almost 50,000 plugins that cover almost all the functionalities like running an SEO or analyzing the performance of the website or any other task. So, one does not need to write coding for each task, instead, they just need to install plugins as per the requirement. No writing of codes at all.
C)Creating Responsive website
With the increased usage of mobile phones, now it is very important that if the website is designed then it should be adaptable to the mobile screen size. It is a must to have a mobile-friendly website as it is important for SEO as well as UI. Also, the themes offered by WordPress are highly responsive for your business so that one does not need to create a separate website.
The plugin WordPress is designed for SEO purposes only and also for its ease of use. WordPress also helps in the optimization of the content as it helps to identify the words used mostly and mark it as the Keywords to make your blog or page SEO-friendly. The SEO will be strong then it will be appearing more in the Google search and benefit the bloggers.
As it is an open-source platform, thus anyone can use it, read the code, understand it, make the changes as per the requirement without having to write the code from scratch. This saves a lot of time and effort and also saves the cost of developing the code from beginning. The existing codebase can be used easily by making slight changes may be minor or major.
F)Design is Customizable
In today’s era, the most important thing is to make the products available to the end-user as per their requirement. So, the products and services are designed and customized as per the need of the person or the business. WordPress acts as such an engine of the website which is 100 % customizable in terms of look and feels and gives their visitors a completely unique experience.
G)Full control on the Website created
Now regular updates keep on coming which improvise the existing functionalities, and in WordPress, the advantage is that you do not need to wait for the website developer/ designer to make the simple updates on your website. WordPress gives you control of every aspect of the website.
The above points specify how WordPress has been so beneficial to its users and this is why people are in love with this Content Management Platform. It is not just preferred by bloggers but also by non-bloggers due to the unique advantages it offers.
WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS BEING FACED BY THE WORDPRESS DEVELOPERS?
As happens, every coin has two faces, one is happy and the other one is a sad face. Similarly, WordPress also has its own problems and disadvantages which are ignored by their lovers but highlighted by the one who is genuinely facing issues by using WordPress.
Now, as mentioned earlier, it is used widely by people all across the world and it has become a victim of its own success now. As it was found in 2003 and since then many are using it. So, WordPress has many old users as well who still like WordPress in its older version only and do not want to update it further. Now with constant innovation happening around the world every time, WordPress keeps on releasing updates at regular intervals of time. But the traditional users of WordPress do not want to change a bit and continue to work on the older version only. This leads to widening the gap between the old and new technologies. Below listed are some of the other factors which put the users in problem:
A)Lots of Plugins are needed for additional features
When any firm purchases the design template, they get a completely designed website which has to be updated regularly with time in terms of brand and content, images, and text etc. But if you are looking for some additional features then you need to download plugins. Now, some of the plugins are free but some are paid or some get outdated which are no longer in use.
B)Frequent updates of Themes and Plugins
In this digital age, day-to-day technologies are getting developed, and accordingly, it brings changes in the related software and platform. So, the developer has to constantly keep an eye on to check if there are any new updates and then do it accordingly. Now with all these technological advancements, the scope of glitches and errors also increases. One can often experience a site crash or broken line on the website.
C)Website becomes vulnerable
With the increasing updates, there is also a high risk of cyber attack on the website by the hackers and scammers. Sometimes the security plugins are not good enough to keep your website secure enough against these attacks and crime. And this led to a negative impact on the image of the website of the company.
D)Website goes down without prior notice
There are multiple reasons due to which the website might go down, maybe for a couple of hours but it adversely affects the business of the respective company. So, you need to have one dedicated team who regularly keeps on taking the back up and it adds another set of expenses to the organization or firm.
E)Being an Open source acts negatively
Being an open-source has its own advantages but the other side of this feature is that there is no standard or defined code specifically for any topic or subject. Thus, this creates a chaos of codes overall.
F)Being Highly customizable
Customization of course is an advantage but for handling such a flexible tool, you need to have a defined skill set of the WordPress Developers, or else they might face some real issues and troubles.
Above we have discussed both advantages and disadvantages of the WordPress platform. As per Dominik Angerer who is CEO of the CMS platform Storyblok, most of the legacy system providers like Drupal, WordPress, Squarespace, and others are moving headless towards the future. They really need to modernize to get accepted by the new-age users. It is not that easy to easily introduce new concepts and expect the existing users to adapt it easily. In fact, it takes time to introduce the new concepts and technologies, so not only core needs to change but along with it, the plugin ecosystem, Themes, and even custom plugins are affected by those changes.
There are a large number of people who are in love with this platform and cannot imagine their working without WordPress. But also, a large number of new age users are frustrated with the hacks and security issues and other reasons. So, it is a polarizing topic. And the company or businessperson should finally select as per the business process of the company which suits their needs and requirements.
Author: Atman Rathod
AAtman Rathod is the Co-founder at CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading Web development company and Mobile App Design Company with 13+ years of experience. He loves to write about technology, startups, entrepreneurship, and business. His creative abilities, academic track record and leadership skills made him one of the key industry influencers as well.